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Hannity defends Roy Moore over ‘fake news’ allegations — and blames Republican ‘establishment’ for them

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Keeping with the many Republicans out-right defending Alabama’s Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore against allegations he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old when he was more than double her age, Fox News host Sean Hannity said on Thursday evening that the allegations are hearsay — and benefit the Republican establishment.

“John McCain has now just called for Roy Moore to withdraw, whether or not the allegations are true,” Hannity told his audience, as per Media Matters. “Okay, so now you’ve got the swamp, you’ve got the sewer, you’ve got the establishment — they hate Roy Moore. Roy Moore, to , them, is another Ted Cruz, another Mike Lee, somebody they can’t control.”

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“There are false allegations made,” the conservative host continued. “You know, I can tell you another thing that is a common practice, people make a allegation at, for example, big corporations. Big corporations, they make a business decision, ‘Alright, if I pay $200,000, this goes away, okay, you’re out of here, we’re done with you, it’s all over,’ even though they don’t believe it happened.”

Hannity also defended his former Fox News colleague and personal friend Bill O’Reilly amid the many allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him, which the latter claims were fabricated for attention or money. Before O’Reilly’s ouster, it was revealed that he’d settled out of court with multiple women that accused him of assault during his tenure at the conservative news agency.

Hannity later apologized for misspeaking.

“As I said on TV tonight, I apologize when I misspoke and was not totally clear earlier today,” he said in a statement. “It’s really sad when the lazy media in this country cuts and pastes a deceptive and out of context comment by a Soros funded radical left-wing group that has purposefully taken me out of context for years. My comments on the topic of Judge Moore were clear and unambiguous both on radio and on TV, if people would do their own research and reporting. People need to listen to the totality of my remarks if they care about the truth. I interview guests of all points of view, but I speak for myself.”

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(Note: This article has been updated with a statement from Sean Hannity.)


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‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump

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Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.

Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.

"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.

"Absolutely," Harris replied.

"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.

"Does it matter?" Harris replied.

"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."

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Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate

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Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.

From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.

"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.

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Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate

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Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.

After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.

The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate:

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